Jennifer Moore had no idea how big of a problem childhood hunger was in her child’s school until she brought pizza in for a birthday party. There were children in the class who were extremely hungry, taking multiple slices at a time. After speaking with the teacher, she quickly realized that these children often exhibited behaviors like this. These children were chronically hungry. That is when Moore decided to see how she could help.
According to the USDA, more than 16 million children in 2010 lived in households without sufficient food. Moore decided to address the need in her own community by founding the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program of North Central Florida. This program is based in Gainesville, Florida and was modeled after the National Feeding America Backpack Program.
In a partnership with Food4Kids, Reserveage Organics has adopted a local elementary school to support chronically hungry children in need. Each week, Reserveage team members donate food to pack in backpacks, volunteer at the school to fill them, and spread awareness.
The program provides food for eligible children over the weekends and during extended breaks from school when other resources are not available. Children who are referred into the program receive rolling backpacks filled with food every Friday. On Monday, the children return the backpacks to be refilled and redistributed at the end of the week.
For more information on how you can help please visit the official Food4Kids website.